October 29: Ake Arts & Book Festival 2021 #AkeFest21

The Ake Arts & Book Festival, popularly known as the Ake Festival, has been running in Nigeria since 2012. Lovers of books and the arts attend book readings, panel discussions, poetry recitals, film screenings, theatre and music performances and lots more over the week of the festival. The festival this year has the theme “Generational …

Troy Onyango kicks off Audible’s “Afrolit Now.”

Today marks the beginning of Audible’s Afrolit Now. A series I am curating of short stories from six African writers. The more downloads we have of it, the more I am likely to be able to do a second season and bring in more short stories from different African writers so please download and convince …

October 16: Pa Gya! A Literary Festival 2021

Pa Gya! A Literary Festival was first hosted by the Writers Project of Ghana and the Goethe-Institut in 2017. Its name Pa Gya! comes from the Twi word meaning “to lift up” or “to strike flame” and it was aimed at igniting passion for the literary arts. After hosting writers from within Ghana and across …

October 9: Virtually Yours with Nadifa Mohamed

I continue “Virtually Yours” my partnership with Goethe-Institut Namibia, a series of online discussions with contemporary authors from Africa. “Virtually Yours” aims to create an online platform for avid readers, writers, academics, publishers, agents, and anyone else interested in literature by writers from Africa. The series of online discussions held once a month from October …

October 6: African Literature and Publishing Platforms with Stanford University

From brick-and-mortar libraries to virtual magazines, cultural institutions provide vital infrastructure for the promotion of African literature. As audiences for African literature continue to grow, African creatives are pursuing increasingly innovative ways to celebrate local talent and foster global reading communities. Join us for a panel featuring three powerhouse figures in the literary world—Edwige-Renée Dro, …

Judging the Grand Prix Panafricain de Littérature

I am on the international judging panel of the new Grand Prix Panafricain de Littérature and I request that you enter for this prize. The Grand Prix Panafricain de Littérature in an initiative of DR Congo President Félix Tshisekedi the head of the African Union. The new prize is intended to recognize an author from …

Cover reveal: Yara Nakahanda Monteiro’s “Loose Ties”

We, as Paivapo Publishers, are proud to reveal the cover for Loose Ties the English translation of Angolan Yara Nakahanda Monteiro. The book was initially written in Portuguese before the translation was done by Sandy Tamele. The cover art was done Francisco Vidal and cover design by Megan Ross. The book will be coming soon …